Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. The IL2 series is known for its high realism, also the latest part Birds of Prey. Easy to learn, but hard to handle. Good that there is also an arcade mode.
  2. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    A huge surprise - a nerdy, technically accurate flight sim that's also loads of fun to play. [Oct 2009, p.114]
  3. For those who have been hoping for an incredible flying game to play on their home consoles, the wait is over. The variable controls, the authenticity and the sheer enjoyment of taking down Axis planes is something that everyone can enjoy. From top to bottom, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is an absolutely incredible journey and certainly one of the biggest surprises of the year; don’t hold back, pick this one up.
  4. Birds of Prey is both a realistic flight simulator and an historical and deluxe edition of Ace Combat, leaving the fans of this genre of games extremely satisfied. Sturmovik is a well-finished and balanced product, that will nail you to your seats for more than 40 hours in single player and virtually forever in multiplayer. The best choice for all those willing to fly high in the sky.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Perfect example of how format conversion should be made. Stunning visuals, physics engine, sounds and music, variable difficulty settings create together a truly unforgettable experience. [Oct 2009]
  6. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is the flight/combat game no one should be without.
  7. 86
    IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey has almost all the bases covered. It can be an accessible, forgiving flight combat game for novices, a challenge for veterans, and a true test of will for the ultra hardcore.
  8. The main virtue of Birds of Prey is its diversity. Probably the best air combat videogame in years.
  9. Extreme realism, enhanced graphics, additional vehicles and more, Birds of Prey is a great and complete simulator for veterans gamer, but also it’s accessible for the novices the genre, depend of the options you select.
  10. 84
    Ignoring some small flaws, IL 2-Sturmovik is delicious, honest, mature and deep, one of the most complex and fascinating flying simulators ever published in console.
  11. Birds of Prey shines brightly as a solo endeavor in large part due to the extreme level of authenticity and attention to getting the flight mechanics just right.
  12. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is a bit more polished, a bit more refined, a bit more realistic, and overall, a better-quality product than Heroes Over Europe.
  13. 83
    Fight in a lot of important WWII battles in the UK, Russia and more. A nice flight game with a lot of immersion.
  14. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Heaps of fun, accessible and gorgeous: but it's a WW2 plane sim. [Oct 2009, p.66]
  15. You get all aspects of what it's like being a fighter pilot. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is one of the best games I've played in a while and I'll keep playing it well beyond this review.
  16. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey wisely mixes both action and simulation elements with realistic graphics and awesome effects. Thanks to that, it gives players an intense and realistic gameplay experience, including real flying techniques (with different difficulty levels) and an immersive WWII atmosphere.
  17. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Far and away the best flight game we've played - a huge surprise and thoroughly recommended. [Oct 2009, p.68]
  18. The console port of this important series has certainly proven successful. The game is an excellent title based on aerial combat in the middle of World War II when played in arcade mode.
  19. IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey succeeds at bringing a flightsim to the consoles. The game delivers a few things that console gamers haven't had for years, but at the same time takes its place between the less-realistic alternatives on the consoles. If you can look past the minor flaws, Birds of Prey is recommended for the serious flightsim-enthusiast.
  20. Birds of Prey is a great mixture of simulation and arcade. The missions get repetitive quickly, though.
  21. IL-2 Sturmovik is the most realistic flight-simulator on the consoles. Although it misses some appeal of a top-game, it has very profoundly controls and beautiful graphics. Give this game a shot if you’re a hardcore simulation fan or if you just like to see old planes.
  22. This made the heavens with Birds of Prey ultimately represent the most courageous adaptation to a new line of platforms that so far nothing was the Sturmovik.
  23. 78
    Il-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is the best World War II combat flight simulator at this moment. The game really brings you the atmosphere of WWII. Thanks to the good gameplay and content, this game is definitely worth buying.
  24. Pelit (Finland)
    Really needs one more difficulty level. Arcade is so easy that it gets boring really fast, at realistic planes feels too unstable to even aim straight. [Aug 2009]
  25. Play UK
    It carefully bridges the gap between its PC flight sim heritage and the arcadey world of consoles. [Issue#183, p.74]
  26. Taken as a rousing aerial shooter, it's easy to recommend - and sadly rather too easy to complete. There's a ton of content, at least, and it's all presented in a whiz-bang style that draws you in with heart-pounding action without belittling the history behind the explosions. It's just a shame that for such a venerable simulator series, it's the more serious game modes where Birds of Prey feels most compromised by its hardware.
  27. IL2-Sturmovik is a solid aerial combat game that is accessible enough for anyone to pick-up and play, whilst still offering hardcore simulation fans the option to play the game in a fashion they feel comfortable with.
  28. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Straightforward, aerial combat. [Holiday 2009, p.85]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. WeirdN
    Sep 15, 2009
    I had this on PC several years ago. I have to say I'm really enjoying it on PS3. I'm not a purist, just a casual gamer crying out I had this on PC several years ago. I have to say I'm really enjoying it on PS3. I'm not a purist, just a casual gamer crying out fora break from the monotony of yet another First Person Shooter, and IL2 is the remedy I've been craving! Great fun on Arcade, it's almost a shooter, but crack it open on Realistic and you start to feel some respect for what those pilots went through! It's also stunningly beautiful at times and has good presentation for a "sim". I'm thoroughly enjoying it and it makes a nice change to play a sim on a console. Full Review »
  2. VV
    Sep 11, 2009
    I have been a fan of the IL-2 series on PC for some time, and playing IL-2 Sturmovik Birds of Prey for about a week now I must say I am I have been a fan of the IL-2 series on PC for some time, and playing IL-2 Sturmovik Birds of Prey for about a week now I must say I am really enjoying it. You can have some real good light fun in "arcade" difficulty but the real deal is in "realistic" and "simulation" modes, the physics are great and the graphics photorealistic, with real time damage model, the combat is intense and fun. It may not be as deep or as long as the PC IL-2 games but it is a unique game very well executed. Play it with a Thrustmaster or Saitek flight stick(I use the Thrustmaster TFlight HotasX for PS3) to really appreciate the physics and gameplay. Full Review »
  3. Sasha
    Jan 3, 2010
    this is one of the best games ive ever played! i never was really in to flying games or sims, but after playing sturmovik, i cant get enough this is one of the best games ive ever played! i never was really in to flying games or sims, but after playing sturmovik, i cant get enough of either. its simple controls are easy to use and simulator mode makes the game very challenging and even more fun. BUY IT! Full Review »